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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.

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Name:


Date Born:

Circa 1891 (Baptised in St George’s Church on 3rd May 1891)

Birth Place:

Falfield

Date of Death:

Circa November 1916

Fate:

Discharged 3rd March 1916

Rank

Private

Regiment:

Royal Engineers

Service No:

74131

Duty Location:

France - Date of entry: 20th July 1915

Buried:

There is a burial record in the Parish of Uxbridge St Margaret dated 25th November 1916 for Victor George Nichols aged 25 years of 7 Barnett Road, Uxbridge

Medals:










1914/15 Star

Given the information available Victor George Nichols was was awarded the 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.


British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. With Pip representing either this medal or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier, Squeak represented the British War Medal and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.

The Victory (Medal British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

This medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.

Parents:

George (1845-1907) and Annie Nichols (1863-1905), Falfield Post Office.

Military Information:

Military Service Record cards confirm the following:


Enlisted at Tunbridge Wells on 26/12 1914 at the age of 23 years and 7 months. Into the Royal Engineers address given as Falfield. He was unmarried.

Draft enlistment records that he had previously been in the forces (SA Trs Sig Co RE) (Territorials).

Next of kin Sister Mrs L. Parsons (Laura Mary Anne) of Falfield

Address on discharge notes given as 2 Rutland Villas, Belmont Rd Uxbridge

Service No 74131

Trade: P B Telegraphist


Medical Record: “Reported sick on 12/1/1916 in Flanders with a cough. While in hospital had an attack of Flaemoptysis Has been at the front for 7 months doing signalling work. Has signs of TB at both ? TB in sputum. Refuses Sanatorium treatment. Medical board 17/1/16. Result of active service. Exposure”

Discharged 3rd March 1916.



Other Information

Brothers & Sisters: Joseph A (1875- ), Laura M A (1878- ), Isabel (1877- ), Sidney T (1878- ), Hubert H (1890- ) and Owen John (1896-1914, Buried in St George’s )

Isabel, Sydney, Hubert  and Owen were all baptised in St George’s Church.

1911 Census

Victor is boarding at Kent Villa, Summer Grove, Elstree, with owners, brother and sister George and Eliza Martin. His occupation is recorded as a P O Clerk, aged 20.


Credits: St George’s Church Baptism and Burial Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk.

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to Victor George Nicholls then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk

VICTOR GEORGE NICHOLS

British War Medal

Victory Medal

1914/15 Star

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